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The Incidence of Family Violence Perpetrated by Federal Offenders: A File Review Study

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Appendix A

File Review Instrument

Missing Documents
   
Case Number __ __ __
   
Date of file review YY__/MM__/DD__
   
Section 1: Personnal Information
   
1. Date of birth: YY__/MM__/DD__
   
2. Current Institution: __ __ __
(Refer to Code Book)  
   
3. Total number of adult convictions listed on RCMP sheets __ __ __
(Include All Counts)  
(If no RCMP sheets are found, estimate number from information in file - explain below but do not code)  
   
3b. Total number of convictions for violent offences __ __
(Refer to Code Book)  
   
4. Sentence date for first adult offence, from RCMP sheets. YY__/MM__/DD__
(If no RCMP sheets are found, estimate number from information in file - explain below but do not code)  
   
5. Has the offender ever had a mandatory supervision or parole suspended/revoked?  

1. Yes

__

2. No → Go to Q6

 
   
5a. If Yes, was family violence given as a reason for any of the supensions/revocations?  

1. Yes → Go to Q5

__

2. No

__

3. Not clear → Go to Q6

 

4. Not slated

 
   
5b. If Yes, type of family violence  
   

6. Has offender accepted responsibility for his criminal behaviour, according to case management officer?

 

1. Yes, all offenders

__

2. Yes, some offenders

 

3. No

 

4. Unclear

 

5. Not stated

 
   

Demographic Information

 
   

7. At most recent admission, offender identified himself as belonging to which ethno cultural group? (REFER TO CODE BOOK).

 

Specify _______________________

 
   

8. At most recent admission, offender identified himself as belonging to which religious group? (REFER TO CODE BOOK).

 

Specify _______________________

 
   

9. Country of birth (REFER TO CODE BOOK).

 

Specify _______________________

 

If not born in Canada date of immigration

YY__/MM__/DD__
   

10. Preferred language of services

 

1. English

__

2. French

 

3. Understands neither English nor French

 

4. Not stated

 
   

Education and Employment History

 
   

11. Highest level of education completed: (SEE CODE BOOK)

 

Specify _______________________

 
   

12. Disability: (CIRCLE AS MANY AS APPLY)

 

1. No specific impairment mentioned

__ __ __ __ __

2. Physical impairment

 

3. Psychiatric impairment

 

4. Mentally challenged

 

5. Learning disability → Q.12a

 
   

12a. if there is indication of a learning disability, specify; (CIRCLE AS MANY AS APPLY)

 

1. Reading skills

__ __ __ __ __ __

2. Writing expression skills

 

3. Spelling skills

 

4. Numeracy skills

 

5. Language skills

 

6. Visual spatial processing skills

 

7. Attention skills

 

8. Memory skills

 

9. Not stated

 

Other ________________________

 
   

13. Does the offender have a certificate or diploma for a trade profession?

 

1. Yes → Q.13a

__

2. No → Q.14

 

3. Not stated → Q.15

 
   
13a. if YES were any of these certificates or diploma obtained while incarcerated a federal penitentiary?  

1. None

__

2. Yes, some of the certificate/diploma

 

3. Yes, all of the certificate/diploma

 

4. Not stated

 
   

14. Usual occupation (occupation prior to incarceration) (CONSULAT CODE BOOK FOR DEFENITION);

 

1. General labour

__

2. Skilled labour

 

3. Clerical or office work

 

4. Sales or service

 

5. Administration, managerial, professional

 

6. Fishing Trapping

 

7. Unemployed - never worked

 

8. Unemployed - student most of life

 

Other. Specify__________________

 
   

15. Offender's employment stability in the two years prior to most recent admission; (REFER TO CODE BOOK)

 

1. Stable

__ __ __ __ __ __

2. Somewhat stable → Q.15a

 

3. Unstable → Q.15a

 

4. Not applicable (e.g. incarcerated for the majority of that time)

 

5. Unemployed most of time

 

6. Not applicable, in school

 

7. Not enough information

 
   

15a. if circled 2 or 3 (somewhat stable or instable), specify usual reason for leaving the job.

 

1. Usually quit - become unemployed

__ __ __ __ __ __

2. Usually quit - served to another job

 

3. Usually dismissed

 

4. Usually laid off

 

5. Quit and dismissed an equal number of times

 

6. Not stated

 

Other. Specify__________________

 

 

 
Section 2: Family Background  
   

16. Specify the family with which the offender has spent the greatest number of years during childhood and adolescence (up to 16 years). (If equal number of years, record family with whom the offender had closest emotional ties)

 

1. Family of origin (which one or both biological parent)→ Q.17

__ __ __ __ __ __

2. Extended family

 

3. Adoptive family

 

4. Foster family → Q.16a

 

5. Institution

 

6. Not stated → Q.21

 

Other. Specify__________________

 
   

16a. if ANSWER TO Q.16 IS 2, 3 OR 5, why was offender not relsed by family of origin? (CIRCLE ALL THAT APPLY)

 

1. Parents died

__ __ __ __ __ __

2. Child abused in family of origin

 

3. Chid severely neglected by family of origin

 

4. Child abandoned by family of origin

 

5. Child has behaviour problems which parents can't control

 

6. Parents asked other than family member to raise child

 

7. Not stated

 

Other. Specify__________________

 
   

17. Does the offender currently have contact with family noted in Q. 16?

 

1. Yes

__

2. No

 

3. Not applicable (parents died)

 

4. Not stated

 
   

18. Specify in Matrix A frequency of contact the offender had with the "parent" from all applicable units, note whether offender was abused, and the age of the offender at time of abuse, using the following codes.

   

FREQUENCY OF CONTACT

ABUSE BY RESON IN LEFT COLUMN

Continuous(for all, or almost all the time)
Continuous(for a partial of the time)
Infrequent(at least once every three months)
Very infrequent(less than once every three months)
Sporadic and irregular
No, or almost no contact
Not applicable
Not stated
Other: Specify ________________

No indication of abuse
Some indication of unspecified abuse
Physical abuse
Sexual abuse
Psychological abuse
Neglect, and physical not sexual abuse
Not stated
Other: Specify _____________
 (Do not code)

 
MATRIX A- Offender between 0 and 5

Parent

Gender
Frequency of contact
Abuse

BIOLOGICAL PARENTS

Male    
Female

EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBER, GUARDLAN

Male    
Female

ADOPTED PARENTS

Male    
Female

GUARDLAN

Male    
Female

STEP PARENTS

Male    
Female

POSTER PARENTS

Male    
Female

INSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FIGURE

Male    
Female
   

19. Specify in Matrix B frequency of contact the offender may have had between the age of 6 and 11 with "parents" from all applicable family units, and note whether abuse occurred, using the codes given in Q.18

 
MATRIX B - Offender between 6 and 11

Parent

Gender
Frequency of contact
Abuse

BIOLOGICAL PARENTS

Male    
Female

EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBER, GUARDLAN

Male    
Female

ADOPTED PARENTS

Male    
Female

GUARDLAN

Male    
Female

STEP PARENTS

Male    
Female

POSTER PARENTS

Male    
Female

INSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FIGURE

Male    
Female
   

20. Specify in Matrix C frequency of contact the offender may have had between the age of 12 and 16 with "parents" from all applicable family units noted above, and note whether abuse occurred, using the codes given in Q.18

 
MATRIX C - Offender between 12 and 16

Parent

Gender
Frequency of contact
Abuse

BIOLOGICAL PARENTS

Male    
Female

EXTENDED FAMILY MEMBER, GUARDLAN

Male    
Female

ADOPTED PARENTS

Male    
Female

GUARDLAN

Male    
Female

STEP PARENTS

Male    
Female

POSTER PARENTS

Male    
Female

INSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY FIGURE

Male    
Female

Relationship with
 
   
21. Does offender have Siblings, half brothers and sisters, or step brothers and sisters?

1. Yes → go to Q 22

__

2. No → go to Q 22

 

3. Not stated → go to Q 22

 
   

21a. Note in MATRIX D the level of contact of offender with (at least one) sibling when offender was between the age of 0 and 5 and 11, and 12 and 16, using the following codes:

1. Continuous (all or almost all the time)

__

2. Continuous (for a portion of the time)

 

3. Infrequent (at least once every three months)

 

4. Very infrequent (less than once every three months)

 

5. Sporadic and irregular

 

6. No, or almost no contact

 

7. Some indication of continuous contact

 

8. Not applicable

 

9. Not stated

 

Other: Specify ___________________

 
   

MATRIX D Contact with Siblings

Age of offender

Contact
Between 0 and 5 years  
Between 6 and 11 years  
Between 12 and 16 years  
   

22. Is there any indication that OFFENDER WAS ABUSED BY A STELING OR A MEMBER OF THE EXTENDED FAMILY other than those mentioned in Q. 18, Q19 and Q. 20, up until the age of 16? If no, skip to Q.23, if yes use MATRIX E to indicate perpetrator, gender of perpetrator, frequency of contact of offender with perpetrator at time of abuse, type of abuse, and age of offender when abuse took place, using the following codes.

 
   
Perpetrator  

1. Sibling, step or ball sibling

 

2. Grandparent

 

3. Aunt, Uncle

 

4. Cousin

__

5. Brother or Sister-In-law

 

6. Unclear

 

7. Not stated

 

Other Specify ___________________
 ( Do not code)

 
   

Gender

 

1. Male

__

2. Female

 
   

Contact

 

1. Continuous (all or almost all the time)

__

2. Continuous (for a portion of the time)

 

3. Infrequent (at least once every three months)

 

4. Very infrequent (less than once every three months)

 

5. Sporadic and irregular

 

6. No, or almost no contact

 

7. Not applicable

 

8. Not stated

 

Other: Specify ___________________

 
   

Type of abuse

 
Cod as many as apply  

1. Physical abuse

__

2. Sexual abuse

 

3. Psychological/emotional abuse

 

4. Neglect/depravation

 

5. Financial exploration

 

6. Not stated

 
   
Age of offender  

1. Between 0 and 5 years

__

2. Between 6 and 11 years

 

3. Between 12 and 16 years

 

4. Between 0 and 11

 

5. Between 6 and 16

 

6. Between 0 and 16

 

7. Not stated

 

8. Not clear

 
   

MATRIX E:
Offender as victim of abuse by family member

Perpetrator

Gender
Contact
Type of abuse

Age of offender

         
         
         
         
         
         
   

23. Has the offender been a victim of abuse at any time after age 16?

 

1. Yes →go to Q. 23a

__

2. No → go to Q. 24

 

3. Not stated → go to Q. 24

 
   

23a. If YES please specify: ____________________

 
   

24. Has offender been a WITNESS to any abuse during his childhood or adolescence between 0 and 16?

 

1. Yes → go to Q. 25

__

2. No → go to section 3

 

3. Not stated → go to section 3

 
   

25. If yes, who was the perpetrator? Who was the victim? What was the nature of the abuse? How old was the offender when abuse was witnessed? Use the following codes to complete Matrix F for each applicable perpetrator in left column.

 
   
PERPETRAROR  

1. Biological father

__

2. Father figure

 

3. Biological mother

 

4. Mother figure

 

5. Sibling, step sibling

 

6. Member of extended family

 

7. Non-related authority figure

 

8. Stranger male

 

9. Stranger female

 

Other Specify ___________________
 ( Do not code)

 
   

VICTIM INFORMATION

 

1. Adult male

__

2. Adult female

 

3. Child male

 

4. Child female

 

5. Adult male and female

 

6. Child male and female

 

7. Adult and child male

 

8. Adult and child female

 

9. Any three (1 to 4)

 

10. All four

 

11. Not stated

 

12. Not clear

 

Other Specify ___________________
 ( Do not code)

 
   

NATURE OF ABUSE

 
(Code as many as three)  

1. Physical abuse

__

2. Sexual abuse

 

3. Psychological/emotional abuse

 

4. Neglect/depravation

 

5. Financial exploration

 

6. Not stated

 

Other Specify ___________________
 ( Do not code)

 
   

Age of offender

 

1. Between 0 and 5

__

2. Between 6 and 11

 

3. Between 12 and 16

 

4. Between 0 and 11

 

5. Between 6 and 16

 

6. Between 0 and 16

 

7. Not stated

 
   

MATRIX F: Offender as Witness of Abuse

Perpetrator

Victim

Nature of abuse

Age of offender

           
           
           
           
           
           
   

Section 3: Intimate Relationships

 
   

26. Official relationship status of offender at time
of admission for current term.
(See profile sheet)

 

1. Single

__

2. Married

 

3. Common law

 

4. Separated

 

5. Divorced

 

6. Widowed

 

7.Not Sated

 

Other. Specify ___________________

 
   

27. Has the offender's relationship status changed since admission for current term?

 

1. Yes → go to Q.27a

__

2. No → go to Q.28

 
   

27a. If YES, what is offender's current relationship status: (See progress reports)

 

1. Single

__

2. Married

 

3. Common law

 

4. Separated

 

5. Divorced

 

6. Widowed

 

7. Not Sated

 

Other. Specify ___________________

 
   

28. History of offender's relationships.

 

1. None, no dating go to section 4

__

2. Dating relationships only

 

3. 1-2 marriages (including common-law and live-in relationships)

 

4. 3-4 marriages (including common-law and live-in relationships)

 

5. 5 or more marriages or common-law relationships

 

6. Not stated

 
   

29. Is the offender maintaining a relationship with a female (none blood relative) during the current term?

 

1. Yes

__

2. No

 

3. Not stated

 
   

30. Is there an indication that a partner's spouse (including girlfriend) has been abusive to the offender?

 

1. Yes → go to 30a

__

2. No → go to section 4

 

3. Not stated → go to section 4

 
   

30a. if YES, complete Matrix G with the following codes:

 

Partner

 

1. Present partner

 

2. Past partner

 
   

Type of abuse
(code as many as three)

 

1. Physical abuse

 

2. Psychological/emotional abuse

 

3. Neglect/depravation

 

4. Financial exploration

 

5. Not stated

 

Other. Specify ___________________

 
   

MATRIX G: Abusive Partner

   

Partner

Nature of abuse

       
       
       
       
       
       
   

Section 4: children / Dependants

 

31. Did offender have children, step children and foster children at time of incarceration for major admitting offence?

 

1. Yes

__

2. No →go to section 5

 

3. Not stated → go to section 5

 
   

32. Indicated in Matrix H the total number of children, step children and foster children by age group at time of incarceration for current term and indicate the number of children living with offender at that time. Use code "99" if age and number of children is not stated.

 
   

MATRIX H: Number of children

Age group

Number of children

Number of children living with offende

0-6 years

   
Over 16 years    
TOTAL NUMBER OF CHILDREN    
   

33. Frequency of contact with children not living with offender at time of incarceration at current term: (contact by phone, email, visit, etc.)

 

1. Frequent at least 1 contact every three months

__

2. Infrequent less than contact every three months

 

3. Not or almost no contact

 

4. Not stated

 
   

Section 5: History of Violence

 
   

I: Physical Assaults/Abuse